"We stayed 4 nights in April and found that the 'Red Apartment' met all our needs, was clean, tastefully furnished, and had a good shower with plenty of hot water. The owner, Claudia, met us there the first evening to show us round and answer questions (having altered the airport transfer for us without any complaint when our flight was very delayed).
The apartment is in the basement of a block but felt light and spacious because of the high arched ceilings - and also felt very secure. It is a 15 minute walk to the Metro, with a supermarket on the way, and the tube system was easy to use. As we enjoy walking we only used the tube on the day we visited the Colosseum, as that is quite a distance. On other days we walked to the Vatican City area, and crossed the river close to the apartment to get to the Villa Borghese park area. You do need your wits about you with some of the pedestrian crossings though as cars only seem to stop once you're actually committed!
Ticket-wise we'd recommend pre-booking a Vatican City Museum entry, which we did in the UK, as it is very hassly with ticket sellers in St Peters Square and the approach roads. We did the same for Colosseum entry too combined with the Forum and Palatine Hill. Guided tours seemed popular but we were glad we didn't book one as we were able to browse at our pace (and our children's attention spans!) and there was plenty of information about the exhibits displayed in English to assist.
The children really enjoyed us hiring segways in the Borghese Park which were reasonably priced at E15 each for an hour. After a brief demo and practice you're on your own with free run of the park paths and roads, which just wouldn't happen in the UK (and probably for good reason!) although we picked it up quite quickly and didn't actually collide with any pedestrians, dogs, cyclists, skaters or horse riders who also share the paths!
We also enjoyed visiting the Pantheon and the church and piazza of Saint Maria del Popolo, and seeing the Trevi Fountain and Spanish steps. The best ice cream cones were at Crema Dal 1947 which is near the river on the walk back to the apartment. Overall a great visit to a beautiful busy city and an apartment with everything you could need."
Guest: Jo G.
Date of Stay: April 2017
Review Submitted: April 10, 2017